If she hadn't told me two weeks ago they were getting a New Puppy, the thought would never have entered my head. The same thing happened when I got my Landrover - a month later Mrs M drove over to see me in her new jeep. As it is, the Puppy Question has niggled away at me for the past fortnight and as a result I have found some scruffy JR pups not far from here and we are off to see them on Sunday.
They do look An Awful Lot like the picture I've had in my head these past couple of weeks....
M has been a sweetheart about the whole thing and says a new dog would be a lovely thing for the family. We've lost several Important Family Members this year (feathered, hairy and furry) which has left us feeling Quite Depleted, so a new puppy will do something to restore the balance. M takes Ted out on marathon training runs and has done since he was Quite Small, but at almost five years old T is starting to slow on the longer runs, and I have no doubt the new pup will fill those shoes amply, JRs being tough little buggers. I shall let you know after the weekend.
Yesterday was Practical Day at college.
Although not all day.
Just enough to get Very Wet at the Very Beginning.
Our job was to add the wire to the posts we had prepared previously, and I have to say by the end of it we were all Pretty Chuffed with the results. The line of posts was neat and straight, the pig wire in the right place and at the right level, and no one nailed their fingers to the barbed wire.
I took the camera but realised once there that someone had removed the card. I would have suspected Sean and Andy except I checked it before they'd even seen it. Therefore, sadly do I not only have No Pictures of our Wonderful And Impressive Fence to show you, I also don't have any of my Poster Boys this week (next week, just you wait...).
UPDATE- I Just remembered I took some on the mobile, so here is my own bit of fence. Note the Excellent Nailing In of the wire...
M (who has been at a meeting in Welwyn Garden City- queue my annoying American accent) entertained me with an Amusing Tale about one of his colleagues when he got back this evening. This man (54) is planning to write a book describing the footloose and fancy free years before his marriage. I won't go into detail, but suffice to say it would be a rival to 50 Shades and is based on Personal Experience (ooooh).
This chap regaled M and his colleagues with a tale of his journey home from work last night which involved his being Elated because he was Absolutely Convinced he'd pulled a 35 year old (which in real terms meant he'd sat next to an attractive younger lady who made Polite Conversation in response to his Continual Barrage Of Questions to her for the duration of the journey, and then promptly forgot him the second she got off the train....).
I remember this well from being at uni the first time round. My male friends would chat a girl up and then, just because she hadn't told them where to get off and had even perhaps smiled at them, they were convinced it was a conquest. It seems some things never change....
As a counter to all that Male Ego, here is the framed pic of the fantastic drawing Em did of Teddy, which now sits in our sitting room (appropriately). If we do get a new pup I shall be asking Em for a drawing of her too....
This Herald Moth first appeared in our bedroom a few nights ago. It's only the second Herald I've seen all year and this one is a Rather Splendid Specimen, leaving me to believe he/ she is Recently Hatched. They do hibernate inside from November onwards so I am hopeful he/ she has decided to sleep in our room. Gorgeous, don't you think?
To finish off with, a couple of Domestic Related Items for you to be Inspired By. Firstly, I picked this card up from Waitrose a while back but haven't got round to making the veggies lasagne yet. Everyone is home this weekend, so this is going to be Tomorrow Night's Supper (with the cunning addition of bacon, as you'll see from my untidy scrawl on the top)
It occurs to me that We've all been A Bit Silent on the Knitting Front recently. We had a flourish a few weeks back when October hit and then Nothing Since, so I thought I'd Start The Ball Rolling Again with this.... Spot the deliberate mistake 2/3 of the way down (I ran out of the lovely chocolate coloured wool and had to make do with a less nice greyish variety. Still, it is warm and I don't really mind too much. I can always hide the bottom bit inside a coat or wrap it round my neck until I can't breath).
This was a knit one row, purl one row effort and I rather like the effect (even if I did switch round for the last section by mistake. This was because Damien Lewis had suddenly appeared on the tele and as we know he is TVBF until CM returns in the new Peaky Blinders next year. That was a Desperately Unfair thing to do to a girl when she's trying to concentrate on her knitting. And talking of which- What On Earth did Handsome Rugby Player Ben think he was doing dancing topless on Strictly last weekend? I hardly knitted a stitch for the entire duration as a result).
BTW, in case you are interested, this is Quite Thick wool knitted on 20mm needles, which I have Fallen In Love With because you can whip off a longish scarf in one evening (more or less). You can tell what everyone's getting in my family for Christmas, no?
And talking of which, I have today ordered our Christmas Turkey from college, where they have been raising them. It will be ready to collect on Dec 23rd. How organised am I? You'll either be Dead Impressed or Utterly Appalled that I have also got a basket beneath our bed FULL of labelled (if not yet wrapped) crimble presents. And the crimble cards I ordered from Em (fab pics she has taken of Dartmoor in snowy weather) also arrived today, to go with the 90-odd I bought from Smiths last week. I was going to make them this year but then realised I actually Couldn't Face It on top of everything else I am currently doing.
I am SO organised that all I have left to do is shop for the kids (L, wavering between a couple of games for the X-Box and a Playstation with no apparent concept of the difference in price which amounts to, ooh, about 350 quid!, F, who never comes up with any suggestions at all and J (who turns 18 in Dec too) who announced the other day she doesn't like jewellery, which leaves me A Bit Flummoxed, so any suggestions on that score would be Most Welcome. I suggested to M I could just find her a new boyfriend as the current one doesn't seem to be up to much judging from the lack of Together Time over half term, but for some reason he wasn't very happy about me scrutinising every young man I meet for BF potential. Can't think why....).
On that note I'll leave you with a pic of my Lovely Robin (whom I never tire of looking at), who posed Very Obligingly on the coconut halves for his photo in the rain a couple of days ago.
Hope everyone is well?